Choose your crew

Successfully navigating the waters during sea voyages is a challenging task. A captain’s most important decision is selecting the right crew for the voyage. A mix of different skill sets is required to sail the ship efficiently, navigate to the destination and fish for good along the way.

Table 1 shows a list of crew members available for you to hire for the voyage. Each crew member demands a salary for the voyage and has different skill levels of fishing, sailing and navigation.

In order for your journey to be successful, you must have a cumulative skill of 15 or more in each of the three skill categories from all of your chosen crew members. You may choose as many crew members as you like.



Table 1: A mixed bag of crew members and skills.

What is the minimum achievable cost of the voyage?

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John Toczek is the senior decision support analyst for ARAMARK Corporation in the Global Risk Management group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Drexel University (1996) and a master’s degree in operations research from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005).